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Apply to join a select cohort of open-minded and impact-driven young leaders from across the globe.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

The Essential Eligibility Criteria are an overview of the requirements for the program, and are applicable for all participants.  These requirements are meant to identify the basic and fundamental elements of participation.

The well-being of participants and staff, and the facilitation of an impactful learning experience with all participants are top priorities at Global Citizen Year. The virtual and in-person environments that Global Citizen Year program participants interact in can be dynamic, and physically and emotionally challenging. The educational and experiential activities conducted require each participant to be fully reliable, committed to and capable of working hard, taking responsibility for themself, and working effectively to achieve the goals of the program and the group.

If you have questions or concerns about an applicant’s ability to meet the criteria, please contact admissions@globalcitizenyear.org to assess if the program can meet your needs.

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How to Apply

Stage 1: Fit

Take some time to learn about Take Action Lab. If you think the program fits with your goals, we encourage you to apply! You can save your work and return at any time. The online application takes about 2 hours to complete.


We review applications in batches corresponding with the deadlines below. If our Admissions Committee determines that you’re a strong fit for the program, you’ll receive an email inviting you to Stage 2.


Fall 2024 Application Deadlines

  • First: September 6
  • Priority: October 11
  • Regular: March 15
  • Final: April 19

Spring 2025 Application Deadlines

  • First: March 15
    Priority: April 19
    Regular: September 4
    Final: October 4

Stage 2: Feasibility

In Stage 2 you’ll work with us to check that you’re in a position to travel abroad and to thrive during the program. This is a very active stage where you’ll have three weeks to complete all three forms below.

  • Passport: Confirm that you’ve applied for or already have your passport.
  • Health History: Complete a health history form and confirm that you’ll be able to get all necessary vaccinations before traveling.
  • Financial Aid Application: Confirm that you can pay the tuition OR apply for financial aid if you need support.



To move on to Stage 3, you must complete all forms within the three week deadline and meet the feasibility requirements.

Stage 3: Offer + Enroll

Our Admissions Committee curates a diverse, global class from all applications that meet the feasibility criteria. We consider individual merit, the balance of the class as a whole, and what support (including financial aid) we are able to provide. 

If you’re selected – congratulations! – we’ll email you an official offer letter welcoming you to Take Action Lab! Your offer letter will include your tuition and financial aid package.

Once you receive your offer letter, you’ll have ten days to complete the enrollment steps to officially join Take Action Lab:

  • Sign your offer letter
  • Pay your deposit (if applicable)
  • Ensure your parent/guardian signs your offer letter

Fall 2024 Offer Letter Release Dates

  • First: October 26
  • Priority: December 1
  • Regular: May 3
  • Final: June 7

Spring 2025 Offer Letter Release Dates

  • First: May 3
  • Priority: June 7
  • Regular: October 18
  • Final: November 22

Have Admissions Questions?

Check out our FAQs or email our team at admissions@globalcitizenyear.org